CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- The officers and crew of the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) were officially adopted by the Coronado Council of the United States Navy League, July 12.
The adoption, unanimously supported by both the directors of the Coronado Navy League and the ship's leadership, was announced during the city's July 12 Concert in the Park.
Coronado is currently commanded by Cmdr. Pete Kim and is comprised of LCS Crew 204, Surface Warfare Detachment 2, and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35, Detachment 9.
"We are excited that the Navy League will continue to play an active role in connecting the citizens of Coronado with its namesake ship," said Kim. "The adoption will ensure the longevity of this special relationship and the benefits it will confer to the rotational crews who will serve on board Coronado for many years to come."
The adoption formalizes the Coronado Council's commitment to enhance the morale and general well-being of the Coronado crew and families throughout the life of the ship.
"Having worked tirelessly to commission the ship, the Coronado Council of the U.S. Navy League is excited to formally adopt the USS Coronado and looks forward to an enduring relationship with the crews that man the ship," said retired Navy Capt. Glenn Welch, the president of the Coronado Council.
According to the ship's leadership, the already prolific relationship between the city of Coronado's community and ship is strengthened with the Coronado Council's adoption. Navy League members become the civilians who are there to assist whether the ship is in homeport at San Diego or deployed.
Future activities planned to benefit the crews of Coronado will include awards ceremonies, social functions, educational scholarships, and other events.
Since its inception more than a century ago the U.S. Navy League has been recognized for patriotism, strength of spirit and commitment to provide support for the U.S. maritime services. One of the ways the Navy League provides this type of support is through the ship adoption program.
Commissioned at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado on April 5, 2014, Coronado is the third warship to bear the name of the "Crown City" and honors the city's deep ties to the U.S. Navy. LCS 4 is the second littoral combat ship of the Independence-variant which features a trimaran hull.
Each LCS is designed with a focus on flexibility and is further enhanced by the innovative LCS "3:2:1" crew rotation (3 rotational crews: 2 rotational ships: 1 ship deployed). This rotational crewing concept provides improved forward presence and more than the other surface ship classes in the Fleet.
Coronado is at sea this summer executing a surface warfare mission package initial operational test and evaluation and initial operational concept of the Independence-variant leading to fleet release and full rate production.